Murder in the Mystery Suite (Book Retreat Mysteries #1)

Murder in the Mystery Suite
Book Retreat Mysteries, #1
by Ellery Adams

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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I was scouting around looking for a book for the r/CozyMystery Online Referral book bingo square and BeachbumBookworm swooped in on Discord with this recommendation. It had all the things I like in a cozy mystery; a deftly written plot, likeable characters, secrets (I love secret anything in books!) and the absence of tropes. Perfect!

Jane Steward runs a resort catering to book lovers, Storyton Hall, in the tiny town of Storyton, VA. Looking for an event to host that will bring in loads of book lovers paying to stay at the inn, she settles on a Murder and Mayhem mystery event, highlighting (and encouraging cosplay of) famous fictional sleuths. After receiving the grand prize of a first edition book, the winner is later found dead in his room, the victim of murder. Tasked with finding a murderer in their midst, Jane has to deal with learning a big family secret while caring for her twin sons, her elderly aunt and an entire inn of guests.

There was a lot to like about this one; a delightful cast of characters, the beautiful setting and a masterfully written plot with more twists and turns than the roads leading to Storyton Hall. What more could a cozy mystery fan want? I figured out the “who” around halfway through the book, but nothing could have prepared me for the why and the how. I also liked how the world of Storyton grew as the book went on, giving enough rich detail to pull you in without being too much to make it clumsy, something the author does very well.

Overall, an enjoyable first and a big thank you to BeachbumBookworm for recommending this one, and I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the series!

Published August 5th 2014 by Berkley

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3 thoughts on “Murder in the Mystery Suite (Book Retreat Mysteries #1)

  1. I’ve heard good things about Ellery Adams’ books! Great to hear that there are no tropes in this one – I’m sick of the “clear my name” trope especially. Adams has come up on a few cozy recommendation lists I’ve seen. Best part is, my library stocks her as well!

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    1. Although she’s a popular and prolific cozy mystery author, I don’t know why it took me so long to get to her books. I love the worlds she creates, especially Miracle Springs, the location of the Secret, Book & Scone Society series. I would move there in a second if I could, I want to curl up in Nora’s shop with a book she picked out for me, while eating a warm “comfort scone” and then drink wine and discuss murder with the club. sigh

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